Oct. 20, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team travels to No. 8 Penn State at noon Saturday at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes (9-7, 2-2 Big Ten) have two conference road games remaining and are currently fourth in the Big Ten standings headed into the second to last weekend of the 2011 regular season.

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The Buckeyes claimed a 2-1 victory at Miami (Ohio) Tuesday to improve to 5-1 away from Columbus this season. Sophomore forward Susan Dappen scored her first career goal with two seconds remaining in the first half, while junior forward Danica Deckard tallied the eventual gamewinner at 52:26 following a penalty corner with assists from junior forward Berta Queralt and junior back Laura Napolitano. The Scarlet and Gray improved to 8-0 when scoring the first goal of the game in 2011.

Junior forward Danica Deckard leads the squad with 10 goals and is tied for the team lead in points with junior forward Berta Queralt with 22 points. Senior back Jenn Sciulli follows with 11 points with a team-high five assists, while sophomore Paula Pastor-Pitarque has eight points (3g,2a) and junior back Laura Napolitano has seven points (2g,3a).

As a team, Ohio State is averaging 15.5 shots per game for third in the Big Ten, while allowing just 1.67 goals per game, which is tied for third with Penn State in the conference. The Buckeyes lead the league in defensive saves with 12 stops.

Ohio State (9-7) is fourth in the Big Ten standings headed into the second to last weekend of the 2011 regular season. Michigan (11-3) and Penn State (11-4) are tied for first with 3-1 conference records, respectively. Iowa (11-3) follows in third place with a 3-2 mark, while Indiana (8-5), Northwestern (10-6) and Michigan State (7-9) round the standings.

1. Michigan (3-1)
    Penn State (3-1)
3. Iowa (3-2)
4. Ohio State (2-2)
5. Indiana (2-3)
6. Northwestern (1-3)
    Michigan State (1-3)

The Buckeyes hold a 5-1 record away from Columbus in 2011. Danica Deckard leads the team away from Columbus with 12 points (5g, 2a). Here is a breakdown of the team’s comparison vs. opponents on the road:
• 15-4 advantage in goals scored
• 131-40 lead in shots
• 72-28 advantage in penalty corners
• 21.8 shots per game, while limiting opponents to 6.7 shots per game

The Buckeyes lead their opponents in multiple statistical categories:
• 30-26 advantage in goals scored
• 149-96 lead in shots on goal
• 15.5-11.2 advantage in shots per game
• 119-96 lead in penalty corners

The Buckeyes claimed one of their most memorable wins in program history last time out at State College, Pa., when the squad defeated Syracuse, 3-2, in overtime Nov. 14, 2010, in the NCAA quarterfinals at Penn State Field Hockey Complex to advance to its first NCAA Semifinals. The matchup Saturday vs. the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will feature two teams from the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Juniors Berta Queralt and Danica Deckard have combined to score 44 of the Buckeyes’ 79 points this season. Queralt and Deckard, who both have 22 points, have been major factors in the team’s stretch of seven wins in nine games, collecting a combined 33 points. Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., leads the team with seven multi-point performances, while Queralt has tallied six this year.

Jenn Sciulli, a native of Palmyra, Pa., currently has 80 career starts since joining the team in 2008. The senior back is two games away from trying former Buckeye and teammate Bri Doak (2007-10) for first on the OSU all-time list. The OSU captain has started every collegiate game for the Scarlet and Gray and has played more than 5,600 minutes in the Buckeye backfield.

Junior forward Danica Deckard claimed a four-game point streak from Sept. 16-Oct. 4, collecting 15 points on seven goals and one assist in four OSU victories. Against then-No. 11 Michigan Sept. 23, Deckard tallied both goals, including the gamewinner with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. The native of Selinsgrove, Pa., continued her hot streak Sept. 27 at Ball State when she posted career highs in points (7) and goals (3) in the first hat trick of her career. The speedy forward was rewarded for her clutch play against the Wolverines when she was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 27 – the first of conference weekly laurel of her career.

Deckard knocked in her eighth goal of the campaign in the opening minutes of a 3-2 victory against then-No. 13 Indiana Sept. 30 in Columbus. Deckard posted the team’s second goal against No. 20 Louisville Oct. 4 at Buckeye Varsity Field. The four-game point streak tied her career high set in 2010.

Freshmen Carly Mackessy and Kaitlyn Wagner have combined for 27 starts this season for the Buckeyes at the forward and midfield positions, respectively. Wagner, a native of Oley, Pa., has started in all 16 games for the team this season, totaling 1,195 minutes. Mackessy, a native of Hudson, Ohio, has started the last 11 games for the Buckeyes on the attack, collecting her first career point at Ball State Sept. 27 with an assist.

Senior captain Jenn Sciulli claimed her ninth defensive save (career high) in a 2-1 loss at Michigan State Oct. 14. The Buckeye back leads the conference in defensive saves and is second in the nation in defensive stops. A native of Palmyra, Pa., Sciulli now has 23 career saves and is second on the OSU all-time list. On the other side of turf, the OSU back leads the team in assists with five helpers this season.

Led by 25th-year head coach Charlene Morett, the Nittany Lions return to the turf after falling to Michigan, 2-0, Oct. 16 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Penn State has won nine of its last 10 games and leads the Big Ten in scoring margin (2.18), scoring average (3.83), shots per game (16.47), goals scored per game (3.87) and assists (44). Offensively, the Nittany Lions are led by Kelsey Amy, who has 43 points on 20 goals (second in the Big Ten). Whitney Reddig is second in the conference with 16 assists. Defensively, goalkeeper Ayla Halus is 11-4 this season with a 1.83 goals against average.

The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series, 32-10-2, against the Buckeyes. Last time out, Ohio State shutout Penn State, 3-0, Oct. 17, 2010, in Columbus.

Last Five Meetings…
Oct. 17, 2010 – Ohio State 3, Penn State 0
Nov. 5, 2009 – Penn State 2, Ohio State 1
Oct. 2, 2009 – Penn State 2, Ohio State 1 (OT)
Nov. 7, 2008 – Ohio State 2, Penn State 1 (OT)
Sept. 28, 2008 – Penn State 1, Ohio State 0

Senior tri-captain Ally Tunitis is third on the OSU all-time career goalkeeper wins list with 34 victories since joining the program in 2008. The native of Macungie, Pa., Tunitis holds the single-season wins record set last season with 18 victories en route to the program’s first NCAA semifinal appearance. The Buckeye goalkeeper currently holds the OSU career goals-against average record with a 1.41 mark in 3,523 minutes played (third-most). Tunitis also has 12 career shutouts, which is fourth-best in the OSU record books.

Junior captain Berta Queralt had a game to remember in the 4-3 overtime victory against Wake Forest Sept. 16 in Columbus. The OSU forward tallied four goals on eight points (career-highs), including the gamewinner in extra time vs. the Demon Deacons. With her eight-point performance, the native of Barcelona, Spain, became the ninth Buckeye in program history to collect at least 100 career points.

Queralt, a two-time All-American, is currently sixth in the record books with 115 points. Queralt is tied for the team lead in points (22) and second in goals (9) and assists (4) this year. The eight-point performance by Queralt is tied for first in the Big Ten in individual game-highs with Kelsey Amy of Penn State and Kim Scraper of Iowa, who have each claimed eight points earlier this season.

The Buckeyes will close out the 2011 regular season at Northwestern at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 in Evanston, Ill.